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Enrile vs Defensor-Santiago

Thanks to the Internet, I was able to catch up on the on-going war of words between heavy weights of Philippine politics, Senators Juan Ponce-Enrile and Miriam Defensor-Santiago.

After enjoying the latest boxing match of Manny Pacquiao, we citizens are treated to another kind of battle-royale by the two veterans of politics, Filipino style.

On one corner is the aging Juan Ponce-Enrile, who has been accused as the master mind of the PDAF scam and on the other is illness-stricken, Miriam Defensor-Santiago.

Enrile fired the first broadside last November 27 when he took to the Senate floor and delivered a privileged speech to answer the allegations and ad hominems hurled by Sen Miriam Santiago during the latest Senate Blue Ribbon Committee’s hearing into the PDAF scam. In that speech, Enrile portrayed Santiago as suffering from a mental illness and is nothing more than jealous of his achievements as a lawyer, law maker and politician.

Yesterday, it was Sen Miriam Defensor-Santiago’s turn to return the favor and unleash her own salvo of hard-hitting lawyering and craftiness with words. She essentially listed all the alleged sins of Enrile against the country and his own wife.

Between the two speeches, one cannot disagree that it was Santiago’s speech that has the upper hand for it stands on historical and legal facts even if it dangerously bordered on being downright personal.

If there’s something to liven up the cold and bitter-sweet Christmas season, it’s the clash of these two political titans in the Senate and in media.

With the public now awaiting Enrile’s rejoinder, one would find it hard to disagree that Enrile and Santiago should just face each other in court so that the issues raised by both sides are laid to rest and let the peopple decide whom to bless and whom to condemn. Whose side are you betting on?

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